Robert J. Hanauer

Top rated criminal defense attorney in Peoria, Illinois

Hanauer Law Office, LLC
Robert J. Hanauer
Hanauer Law Office, LLC

Practice Areas: Criminal defense, Family law, Personal injury; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 2011

Education: Northern Illinois University College of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2021 - 2023
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Hanauer Law Office, LLC

456 Fulton St.
Suite 200
Peoria, IL 61602 Visit website


The founder of the Hanauer Law Office LLC, Robert J. Hanauer devotes his practice to several areas of the law, and he represents clients throughout central Illinois from the firm’s office in Peoria. Mr. Hanauer’s background has encompassed criminal defense, family law, probate matters, real estate, personal injury litigation and business disputes. Many of his cases have involved high-profile clients, and this has led to his numerous appearances and mentions in broadcast and print media throughout the state. He is admitted to practice in Illinois and before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, and Central Districts of Illinois and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

In his criminal defense practice, Mr. Hanauer has represented people who are facing state or federal misdemeanor or felony charges. The cases that he has handled in this regard have included driving under the influence, homicide, assault, domestic violence, white collar crimes and theft, among many other alleged offenses. Mr. Hanauer’s family law experience has encompassed divorce and its related legal issues as well as grandparent’s rights, adoptions, paternity disputes, the preparation of prenuptial agreements, the representation of domestic violence victims, and the modification and enforcement of existing parenting and support court orders.

Mr. Hanauer has also assisted clients who have been harmed by the negligence of other parties. He has been able to obtain significant compensation in cases stemming from motor vehicle crashes, construction site accidents, medical malpractice, premises liability and nursing home abuse. In addition, Mr. Hanauer is well-versed in probate litigation involving will contests and fiduciary duty breaches, and he has worked on a variety of real estate transactions and litigation, including purchases, evictions, and disclosure issues. His business litigation experience has included contract breaches, trade secret misappropriation, employment law matters, and shareholder and partner disputes.

Practice areas

Criminal defense, Family law, Personal injury - general: plaintiff

Focus areas

Arrest & arraignment, Assault & battery, Criminal fraud, Criminal law, Drug & alcohol violations, Expungement, False accusations, Felony, Juvenile delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor vehicle offenses, Murder, Sex offenses, Tax evasion, Theft, Traffic violations, Criminal domestic violence, Alimony & spousal support, Child support, Custody & visitation, Dissolution, Divorce, Domestic violence, Juvenile law, Name change, Paternity, Prenuptial agreements, Marital property, Mediation & collaborative law, Same sex family law, Father's rights, Assault, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Dram shop laws, Construction accident, Brain injury, Sexual abuse - plaintiff, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff

  • 50% Criminal defense
  • 40% Family law
  • 10% Personal injury - general: plaintiff

First Admitted: 2011, Illinois

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Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Volunteer Coach, Youth leader in Boy Scouts of America
  • , Emerging Lawyer by the Leading Lawyers Network in the areas of Criminal Defense Law: DUI, Felonies & Misdemeanors, Civil Appellate Law, and Criminal Appellate Law
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States District Court for the Central, Northern, and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • State Courts of Illinois
  • Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Peoria County Bar Association
  • Wisam 1, Inc. d/b/a Sheridan Liquors v. Illinois Liquor Control Commission, et al., 2014 IL 116173
  • Pagel v. TIN, Inc., 695 F.3d 622 (7th Cir. 2012)
  • Edwards v. Atterberry, 2019

Office location for Robert J. Hanauer

456 Fulton St.
Suite 200
Peoria, IL 61602

Phone: 888-891-8095


3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2021 - 2023

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